All schools across Tamil Nadu re-opened today after a long summer vacation. There are around 35,414 primary schools, 9,708 middle schools, 17,000 higher secondary schools functioning under the government.
A circular issued by the School Education department has instructed school heads to distribute free textbooks, notebooks and other materials to students in government schools. The heads of schools are ready to distribute new textbooks under the revised curriculum.
Parents and teachers had demanded postponement of the school reopening date in view of the prevailing heat conditions and water crisis. But the government said all steps have been taken to address water issue.
Parents are particularly worried about lack of water in toilets in schools. Changing the reopening date will affect planning of syllabus and will cause backlog, said a senior official of the department.
He, however, added that government schools that do not have sufficient water can get supply from Metro Water. Private schools will have to fend for themselves.
Ground water level has come down drastically at many places. People are seen standing in long queues to fetch water at several places across the State.
Officials in the education department said that since lot of portions had to be covered under new education policy, schools have ben asked to reopen on 3 June.